THE man behind more than £150,000 worth of fake designer jewellery sold online has been jailed.
Desmond Fox, 45, from Chichester, admitted 15 charges of supplying fake Pandora, Tiffany and Links jewellery.
An investigation was launched after complaints were received by West Sussex Trading Standards.
Warrants were issued and police found £50,000 worth of stock at Fox’s home in Albert Road and two other premises.
Some stock bore false indications they were made of silver.
The investigation found Fox had been trading for a number of years through a website and online auction site, and he had turned over approximately £145,000.
He was jailed for 16 months last month when he appeared at Chichester Crown Court. A forfeiture order was made.
‘This was selling counterfeit goods to consumers on a large scale’, said Councillor Christine Field, in charge of public protection at West Sussex County Council.
‘The judge made it clear this was a deterrent sentence, and I hope that others involved in these sort of offences will take due notice.
‘Crimes like this undermine the legitimate business economy, and Trading Standards will always act to protect local businesses from being harmed, and consumers from being cheated.’